Effectiveness of Radiant Hot Water Heat Effectiveness of Radiant Hot Water Heat
Among contemporary household heating systems, radiant hot water heat systems are becoming increasingly popular. Radiant heat is the heat transmitted through the infrared waves emitted by a source. The most common example of radiant heat is the sun’s heat. Conventional methods of household heating use the concept of establishing a direct contact between the energy source and the object that needs to be heated.
The most common example of this is using hot-air convectors for warming the interiors. This is also called convectional heating. Radiant heat is regarded as the most effective form of domestic heating, better than convectional heating. Since radiant heat spreads through energy waves, heat is transferred much quicker and across a greater surface area.
Understanding Radiant Hot Water Heat Systems
This form of radiant heating is also called hydronic heating. The entire mechanism is based upon establishing a network of easy-to-install tubes within the floor or the ceiling that carry heated water. This helps is immediately raising the temperature of the surface within which the tubing is installed and everything that surrounds it. To understand the effect of radiant hot water heat systems as a useful home-heating option, read its following advantages:
Advantage 1 - Cost Savings
Since radiant heat is better equipped to heat-up a larger space within a shorter period, electrical energy is saved. The pipe network of radiant systems is often called a closed-loop system. Cooled water or water that has lost its heat is returned to the heating chamber. The pipes are arranged in such a manner that cooler water is returned in minimal time. This ensures that lesser electrical energy is needed to heat-up the water for re-circulation. Further, the same water is used numerous times, helping you to save upon water bills also. Further, water is a more affordable heating resource than traditional choices like wood, oil or charcoal. Often, existing boilers used in the kitchen/bathroom are re-worked and used within the heating chamber of a radiant hot water heat system. This is a major cost-saver. Further, the pipes are a sturdy installation, presenting negligible maintenance or repair costs.
Advantage 2 – Safety of Use
Radiant hot water heating systems are the safest choice in terms of protecting the flooring/walls. Other heating systems present the problem of fumes, hard-to-dispose residues or oil leakages that can affect the surrounding surfaces. This is a common cause of warping/cracking among hardwood floors. A radiant heating system is best equipped to ensure that the floor, wall or ceiling temperature is maintained within the stipulated temperature range. This also negates any kind of damage to surfaces within which the water pipes are installed. In fact, you can cover a floor heated by a radiant system with carpets without fearing for the fabric being burnt due to over-heating. Unlike other radiant heating systems, hydronic radiant systems don’t use industrial heating elements. This removes any fears of sparking or voltage fluctuations. Unlike a fireplace, wood stove or gas/oil heating kit, there is no threat of open flames.
Advantage 3 – Better Heating Experience
Radiant heat has the ability to raise the temperature of every entity within the room. The entire living space is heated more uniformly. The heating process is devoid of usual issues related with other domestic heating systems like creation of cold spots caused due to inconsistent air currents. Hydronic radiant heating doesn't dry the internal air. Many times, humidifiers become a necessity with a wood stove or a fireplace as they de-moisturize the internal air. This is an unwarranted expenditure. Further, a hydronic radiant system is almost noiseless. The sound created by the movement of water within the pipes is concealed by the overlying wooden/concrete surfaces.